Wage Slaves – Are You Being Obedient?
October 27th’s first reading was from the Letter to the Ephesians. It’s main focus is obedience, and it speaks to children and slaves. Slaves? I know slavery still exists in parts of the world, sadly, but here in the U.S.A it is illegal. So the second paragraph doesn’t apply to us then, does it?
Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,
in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,
not only when being watched, as currying favor,
but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
willingly serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that each will be requited from the Lord
for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
Masters, act in the same way towards them, and stop bullying,
knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven
and that with him there is no partiality.
It very well could apply to us. After all most of us have jobs where we work in exchange for a pay check. That’s not slavery! Well, yes and no. We willing have a job, but in return we have to do the work that is asked of us. Most of us grumble endlessly about our jobs. But are we obedient? Do we give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay? There are plenty of news articles that say we don’t. It’s just something to think about; a modern day correlation to this Bible passage.